At Wigton Moor, everyone learns, everyone achieves and everyone matters. We believe a high-quality history education will help all pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past by bringing it to life in exciting ways.
Teaching at Wigton Moor aims to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups.
Our broad History curriculum at Wigton Moor encourages the children to gain a sense of their own identity within a social, cultural, economic and political background. There are also many links to other subjects across the curriculum. We encourage our children to build on previous knowledge that they have been taught before and use this to construct a historical understanding of events over time.
Wigton Moor teaches the National Curriculum which can be seen in the documents below. This starts with the EYFS early learning goals and progresses through KS1 and KS2. We take a no ceiling approach to differentiation and through open ended tasks pupils with SEND and the most able can achieve well. We aim to enhance our pupil's learning by providing them with many exciting experiences which enable them understand how the life in the past has shaped or changed our society today.
The national curriculum for History aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know the chronological narrative for how people’s lives have shaped this nation.
- understand and gain a deeper understanding of significant aspects of the history of the wider world
- understand abstract terms and vocabulary such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
- understand historical concepts such as similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections
- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims
- gain historical perspective by placing their knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between periods in history
Assessment for learning is embedded throughout each year group. Pupils use quadrants to assess their own knowledge and understanding at the end of the subjects that are taught. We know children learn more and remember more as they progress through school as the curriculum revisits key knowledge and skills. We encourage the pupils at Wigton Moor to be able to discuss and debate the impact that Historical events and significant individuals have had on our world today. We aim to inspire confidence in our pupils, so they are able to articulate and use these skills to become resilient, courageous and hopeful future citizens.
As part of our ongoing work and following our Ofsted Subject Survey of History (December 2019), we have made many positive adaptations to our History curriculum and teaching at Wigton Moor.